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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot Ale
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1,419 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 438
Gots: 322 | FT: 37
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of queerforbeer
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jjheinrichs
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Ghenna
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wife bought this as part of her own personal cache on her way back South from a conference in Seattle. 2008 Bottling

Poured into a pint glass, decent sized though extremely quickly dissipating, hazy gold color. Smells of, initially, fruit punch fruit roll up. I mean, it smells like apricot, but it's actually fruit punch fruit roll up. Suffice to say, memories of elementary school rekindled, I was looking forward to fruit roll up flavored lambic. I had a major misconceptions though:
This is not a lambic (at least as I know them, i.e. Lindemans, Cherish). It is a Belgian Flanders style Ale with Apricot. I think what really separates this from the Lambics that I am used to is the sour. The Sour flavor from my usual lambics tend to be smooth, and almost creamy. It doesn't hit you all at once- I'd call it complex. The sour on this isn't drawn out- its all at once and (relatively) harsh.
All of that said, this isn't bad by a stretch. It doesn't fit my conception of what a lambic should be, but it isn't too bad as a slightly sour apricot flavored belgian. With the high alcohol content (bottle says 9%) it might age well, and I believe that the sour might grow a little more complex. If I ever come across it again I might give that a shot.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling (Philadelphia version), clocking in at 9%. Aged 8 months in barrels and on fruit for an additional 3, this batch is different than the 2008 one. Thank you for grabbing this, Peter. This is the first beer that I've had in 5 days, and after putting in about 40 hours at work over the weekend, I need a beer

Pouring a clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. Effervescence is high, and this Duvel glass really shows off this beer. The nose is excellent as well, with ripe, juicy apricots, showcased prominently. The apricot character is really outstanding, it is really ripe and bright with a noticeable fruit sweetness present. Moderately floral as well, there is a moderate lactic sourness behind the fruit with a little oak. There's also just a hint of wine present. The vinous aspect grows as the beer warms, with a rather leathery tannin quality being present.

The palate opens rather bracingly sharp. Either that, or the fact that I haven't had a beer in as long has compromised my tastebuds. However, there's no hiding behind the fact that the fermentation here could have used some additional bugs, the character is excellent, but comes across a little wanting. Definitely a lot more vinous on the palate, there's a rather noticeable tannin character with the grape skins really coming through. Apricots still do feature and prominently so, less fruity than the nose would suggest and a lot sourer. Towards the finish, I do get a rather noticeable alcohol character as well, with the tannins being harsher than I care for. That this was aged in wine barrels is rather obvious at this point. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, the finish is drying, vinous and tannic with a bit of alcohol heat. Drinking an entire 750 of a 9% beer solo when sleep-deprived is always ill-advised, but I've had beers that went down a LOT easier than this. Towards the end of my bottle, once some of the apricot intensity has wafted away, I get some of the dry, spicy, tripel base, and in conjunction with the lactic sourness and tannins, it's a rather peculiar beast.

For a soured tripel, I think the Vent D'Anges is a far superior beer.

Photo of Alford
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of aficionado
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Murky golden yellow body with moderate lacing, and a nice fluffy white head. Fizzy, fine champagne-like carbonation. Head dissipates in a couple seconds.

Weird medicinal aroma, juicy apricot, white unripe plum flesh, granny smith apple skins.

More strange medicinal notes on the palate. It tastes like fake apricot. Fruity and sour as expected, though it could've been even more sour. A little funky/musty/grassy and mildly oaky. Thin, crisp mouthfeel and high carbonation. Not as interesting as I had hoped unfortunately. Real good attempt for brewing this of a base Tripel, a little less "good" as a Fruit Lambic, but I consider this more of an American Wild Ale.

Photo of hawks10
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle - 2009 Vintage - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber and ruby colors mix in the haze, two fingers of white head forms and sticks around for a while...

Tart and fruity initially, but heavy in the must and funk...

Starts tart and slightly sweet but quickly moves to dry and funky. Very musty with lots of barnyard funk. The initial bright, tart fruit flavors mixed with the high carbonation give the beer an airy, tart champagne taste/feel up front. The funk hits quick and lasts all through the middle of the drink and well into the finish...

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy, but light and airy at the same time with the high carbonation...

Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 Project

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Acidic aroma that smells slightly funky. Vinous qualities with the faintest hint of apricots. One of the more interesting smelling Cascade wild fruit ales, just wish the apricots came out more.

Apricots likewise fail to impress in the flavor. Just too subtle and hard to even identify the flavor. Moderately tart and acidic with a lot of vinous flavor. Slight oak flavor as well.

Lively carbonation helps deal with this big bodied sour. The carbonation really seems to accentuate the acidity.

Like most of the Cascade fruit wilds, the added fruit does not add much. The Kriek being the exception. Still a worthwhile sour.

Photo of Auracom
3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nearly ordered this a few times online, but now glad to have it on-tap from the source. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Looked almost identical to The Vine but pours a bit murkier.

S - Lemon peel, floral, and rich apricot jam. Not quite as deep as Fou Foune but the apricot is every bit as welcoming.

T - Front end is plentiful lemon acidity. Apricot comes through more at mid palate with a rich and sweeter note. Not as much depth here.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Just fine here.

D - Second best apricot notes I've had. I'm not convinced that this specific fruit really shines in the drink of any sour/wild. Still, a good brew here.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tim's bottle, 2008 vintage, that has mellowed out as we shall see. Orange coloured body, understated carbonation. Very malty, subdued acidity. Very good drinkability. i'm glad to have had it, but not overwhelmed, perhaps the bold taste of a fresh vintage makes a difference.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage

soured belgian tripel aged with fresh apricots. golden, crystalline, a joy to the eye. the nose on this beer is pure fruit.. and the way the wild yeast grips the flavors of the tripel.. this is really puckering. less lactic, more fou-foune-y. the beer was rather high gravity to start, and that adds a real pleasant sipping aspect to the experience. most big sours ive had carry some excess sweetness, not this one. balanced for a fruit beer, consumer must love apricots.

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2009 vintage and pours a somewhat cloudied amber in color with a two finger and very effervescent head. The aromas are of very, very fresh apricots. It kind of smells like those candy Peach rings. It is very fruity and somewhat sweet. For the style it isn't on par but otherwise it does smell appealing. It tastes of tart dried apricots and peaches, almost like a poor man's geueze. There is a slight dryness but you do get a good amount of sweet and candied fruit. It drinks semi dry and light to medium in body. Overall this beer is just ok in my opinion. I appreciate that they made a beer with this fruit but it is just so fresh and fruity, even being the 2009 vintage. I would like a more tartness or a legitimate sourness and not so much gummy candies. If this beer was drier, and had some funk, it could be spectacular. Right now, it's just ok and not really of your $20+.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mikkeller glass on 6/21/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

2009 bottling

Apricot/orange color is browned with some sediment that made its way into the glass; it's a bit murky as a result. One inch crackling head. Dissipates rapidly to a thin layer, leaving some lace.

Of course, apricots are at the fore of the aroma, offering a fresh fruit sweetness. There is a short-lived tangy note. A bit of mustiness rounds it out. More oak moves in as the beer warms.

Pow. Tastes a lot punchier than it smells, kicking up a showing of tartness. Apricots are had throughout; their application is fresh and clean. Barrel characteristics build on the latter half - musty, dank and water-logged. I dig it.

The moderate body has a sharper, crisp feel. Mellows over time and bulks up a tad. Dry, funked, barrel-laden finish.

Very well done. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful apricot orange, looks like the apricot is literally in the glass! Nice bubbles race continuously to the top, excellent retention and lacing. The layer of foam on top never dissipates, outstanding.

Smells fresh. Sour and sweet notes, oak in there as well.

Very nice sour tang albeit more subtle than most, the apricot is definitely there but subdued. As the beer warms up the fruitiness comes into play more. Not a bad sour.

Mouthfeel is decent; creamy yet dry. Alcohol subdued nicely.

After a while the apricot starts to take over the palette and it gets a bit too fruity and one dimensional for my taste. A 375ml would be perfect for this one.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the most Ale-y of Watchers for this bottle. Shared with Spider889 and Ryan011235. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Lots of frothy head the color of heavy cream. Its incredibly long lasting, never really fading below a finger in height, so there's lots of droopy, heavy lacing. The beer is a deep peachy orange.

Aroma
Tart but its more oaky, increasing with warmth. A lot of nice funk. The funk is grassy, hay like and dusty. Apricots play a big part, giving this beer a juicy center and aromas of not yet ripe fruit. Spicy yeast intertwines with apple aromas. Some vanilla oak and a big horse blanket funk arise with more warmth.

Taste
Quite juicy. Lots of under ripe flavors that even border on bitter, providing balance. This beer has a very funky middle with lots of horseblanket. It then sweetens and becomes fruity for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel
This is a tamer sour. It has a gentle pucker and a gentle dryness. The carbonation is sharp but soft at the same time. Alcohol is actually apparent, which is a feature I feel this beer could do without.

Overall
A quite nice beer. A tame, gentle sour loaded with under ripe apricot juiciness. Cascade does not disappoint.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

1 finger white head white, pale straw body.

Powerful tang, Bretty despite not being a Brett beer. Subtle apricot in there.

Lotsa citrusy sour, the apricot is subtle and comes in mostly at the end.

Slightly frothy mouthfeel.

This was neat, and really sour, but not worth the hype, and not full of apricot.

Photo of illidurit
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, shimmering copper color with a light-tan head. Aroma is vivid, sweet, dried apricots. Pretty cut and dry there. Flavor is also apricot-dominated, with a bit of unripeness and a somewhat solvent acidity. Sweet at first but after the palate calibrates, the sharp tartness attacks the corners of the palate. Not terribly sour. Pretty good, the fruit is really bright and fresh-tasting.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden orangish color with good carbonation, a gusher, but once it settled it was nice

S: Fresh, ripe apricot, sour, hints at wood

T: Pretty acidic, carbonation was a little much, plenty of apricot, wood, def wine like texture

M: Effervescent but crisp

D: Pretty good overall

Photo of ChrisPro
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle (2008 vintage cork and caged, tasted on 11/25/09). Served at 48 deg. Pours a light clear orange/golden. Huge bubbly white head that fades quickly. Aroma of peach and citrus, touch of some floral hops and vanilla bread. Incredibly dry taste, with very little residual sugar. Just a touch of sweetness with a belgian yeast flavor, then a pleasant mild sourness, but not as tart as expected. Drinks incredibly well and I cannot believe this is 9% (as labeled on bottle) for such a nice light bodied brew. Yet another fantastic beer from Cascade.

Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**This one was a gusher** It popped and started pouring and I lost about 1/3 of the bottle before I could do anything. This is the first Cascade beer that gushed on me, just a heads up. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours a copper color with an amber center and a thick three finger foamy white head. As the head slowly fades it leaves behind a sticky thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is sweet, the tripel notes hit hard and heavy with the sweet apricot characteristics. The apricots introduce the other citrus fruits, which grows to an almost-but-not-quit-peach scent. Beyond the fruits and candied sugar sweetness there is some musty sourness and hay that lets you know you're getting into something funky. Very nice. All the components of the nose get better and more intense as the beer warms.

The taste is different from the smell because the musty/citrus sour notes hit first. The candied sugar and malts of the tripel come in to balance out the tart introduction, but the musty hay, heavy apricot and pear components come through quickly. The finish is tart and acidic, very pleasant.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice light mouthfeel appropriate for the style. The alcohol is well hidden by the musty and sour flavors, this is one I will look for again in the future, glad this brewery is in New England.

Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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